European MP Ilves elected Estonia president

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September 23 (RIA Novosti) - European Parliament member Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a Social-Democrat, was elected Estonian president Saturday, defeating incumbent Arnold Ruutel in an electoral college vote.

Ilves, the head of the European Parliament's foreign affairs commission, received 174 votes from the 345-member electoral college made up of parliament members and representatives of local government bodies.

Ilves, 52, will start his five-year presidential term October 9.

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